A goldfish in Pennsylvania is now sporting a special brace that helps keep it alive and nourished.
A veterinarian with Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology, in Allentown, Pa., created the special mouthwear for "Mr. Hot Wing," a goldfish born with no lower jaw bone.
A post about the procedure on Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology's Facebook page has since cemented Mr. Hot Wing's status as a genuine social-media star.
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The fish's defect meant Mr. Hot Wing could not keep his mouth open, which gave him difficulty both eating and breathing. So veterinary dermatologist Brian Palmeiro attached the device to act as a weight to keep his mouth open.
The brace was made inexpensively, out of material from a credit card, according to a report that aired on WPVI-TV.
As unusual as it seems, this is not the first time a goldfish has either had surgery or become a star. "George the goldfish" attained celebrity status in 2014 for his tumor surgery. And a goldfish in Scotland had a cancerous eye removed in 2015.